Shahzad and her team studied some of the implications of user control over temperature in their work areas. The investigators “compared a workplace, which was designed entirely based on individual control over the thermal environment, to an environment that limited thermal control was provided as a secondary option for fine-tuning: Norwegian cellular and British open plan offices. The Norwegian approach provided each user with control over a window, door, blinds, heating and cooling as the main thermal control system.
Lamb and Kwok looked at the effects of workplace stressors on performance. They report on a study that collected data from office workers over 8 months: “Participants completed a total of 2261 online surveys measuring perceived thermal comfort, lighting comfort and noise annoyance, measures of work performance, and individual state factors underlying performance and wellbeing.
Syndicus, Wiese, and van Treeck studied how temperature influences decision making, finding that at warmer temperatures people seem to take more risks. The team reports that when “two groups . . . completed the aforementioned tasks either in a warm (≥ 30°C) or neutral (≤ 25°C) ambient temperature condition. Participants made significantly riskier decisions in the warm ambient temperature condition. . . Especially elevated ambient temperatures should, therefore, be monitored in office environments to prevent impairments of decision making.”
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Researchers from University College London have learned more about how non-visual experiences influence whether people’s circadian rhythms are synchronized with their location on the planet. This coordination is important because when it is absent, people feel stressed. The UCL team found via research with fruit flies that “Body clock function can break down when light and temperature levels throughout the day are out of sync. . . .
Feeling regret for taking a particular action leads people to prefer particular temperatures. Rotman, Lee, and Perkins found that “experiencing action regret - regret that leads to a negative outcome that results from one’s active choice creates the feeling of warmth, that the individual then is motivated to reduce. Individuals experiencing action regret feel more self-conscious emotions - shame, guilt, embarrassment, and remorse – which have been linked to warmth (e.g. blushing). . . . . individuals perceive the room to be warmer after recalling a situation of action regret. . .
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Women are cold in offices for a good reason, it turns out.